28 Aug '14, 8pm

The second user of Bitcoin, Hal Finney, is legally dead and his body is being frozen.

Bitcoin was invented by a mysterious person who called himself Satoshi Nakamoto. But to make it useful, he had to convince other people to give it a try. The first person to do that was cryptographer Hal Finney, who used the software to receive the first Bitcoin payment from Nakamoto on January 12, 2009. Tragically, Finney suffered from ALS, and over the last five years his body has deteriorated. According to a post on a cryonics mailing list, he was declared legally dead on Thursday morning. Finney is a customer of Alcor, a cryonics company that freezes people in hopes that the technology will someday exist to revive them. Here's what's happening today: Immediately after pronouncement of legal death, Alcor’s standby team went into action, restoring circulation, ventilation, administering an array of medications, and initiating external cooling. Surgery is currently underw...

Full article: http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6079661/the-second-man-to-us...

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